A CONSULTATION on Philippine Export Development Plan, 2011-2013, an initiative that will chart strategies to boost the country's export revenues, will be conducted this afternoon as one of the highlights of the Mindanao Exporters Forum at the Mini-Theater of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in Davao City.

Today's activity, initiated by the Export Development Council (EDC) and the Bureau of Export Trade Promotion (BETP), two agencies under the Department of Trade and Industry, is the second leg of consultation workshops being conducted nationwide.

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The first was conducted on August 13 in Manila while the third leg is slated at Cebu Grand Hotel in Cebu City on August 25.

The EDC, in coordination with BETP, is now in the process of preparing the PEDP 2011-2013, which will chart the strategies to increase the export revenue of the country, thus providing employment and other economic activities, as embodied in the Export Development Act.

The final draft of the PEDP 2011-2013 will be presented to President Benigno Simeon Aquino 111.

Industry players from all over Mindanao are invited to attend the consultation workshop which will start at 1 p.m.

Serafin Juliano, PEDP 2011-2013 short-term expert, will present the PEDP framework adopted by EDC. He will be joined by top officials of the DTI in an open forum and breakout session.

DTI 11 regional director Marizon S. Loreto said that PEDP consultation will be a venue for the Mindanao stakeholders to share their insights relative to the inclusion and implementation of strategies to be incorporated in the PEDP 2011-2013.

"Every stakeholder must take part in this endeavor because this will greatly help EDC and BETP craft the necessary steps towards attaining utmost export growth potential of the entire country," she said.

EDC executive committee chair Assistant Secretary Ramon Vicente T. Kabigting said the consultation will gather the ideas, suggestions, and aspirations of all involved in order to give flesh to the plan.

"We are now experiencing the rebound of exports with a growth of 38.69 percent in January to May 2010 after its plunge to negative growth during the global financial crisis last year," Kabigting said citing President Aquino's guidepost for economic and trade agenda: public-private partnership.

The PEDP consultation is part of the two-day Mindanao Exporters' Forum which started Thursday.

It is being held back-to-back with the 14th Mindanao Trade Expo (MTE), which will run until August 22 at the BSP Convention Center.